July 20th, 2012 by Rachel Krider

Foundations for High Productivity

Healthy Body Healthy Mind

Healthy Body Healthy Mind

I feel inspired today to share a fundamental truth about how one sustains themselves for long periods of productivity. For one to create extraordinary results in their life they must have some fundamentals in place in order to sustain their energy levels at a high enough level and for extended periods of time.

Of course what we feed out body, plays an enormous role in the level of energy we have. Shane and I follow a particular formula (most of the time) to give ourselves the best possible platform to be able to produce at a high level. When one is tired, whether it be through lack of sleep or not eating consistent healthy meals, this of course has an impact on ones ability to make accurate, quick decisions. And the ability to then follow through with those decisions with the appropriate action is also impeded if you don’t have the fundamentals in place.

Our formula to set the body up for success is 6 healthy meals a day, plenty of water (8 glasses plus per day) and a good nights sleep. We enjoy controlled portions for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as 3 smaller snacks throughout the day.
It looks something like this….

8:00am -breakfast – usually eggs and turkey bacon with some wholewheat toast or maybe some oatmeal.
10:30 – snack – cottage cheese with some fruit or maybe some yogurt and fruit
1:00pm – lunch – quite often it’s left overs from the night before. a combination of protein and carbs
3:30pm – snack – fruit with cheese, maybe some crackers with turkey and tomato
6:30pm – Dinner – Always protein, chicken, steak or turkey with some balanced carb either salad or vege’s
9:00pm – snack – usually Shane’s favourite which is cottage cheese with fried banana’s and maple syrup. It’s healthy and delicious!

It takes a little bit of organisation to eat so often, but like anything in life, with a little bit of planning and follow through the habit is formed and it becomes a way of life. The results far exceed the little bit of effort and planning involved.

Try it for 30 days and Know For Yourself!

12 Responses to “Foundations for High Productivity”

  1. Lise says:

    I absolutely agree! Keeping our bodies fueled with the proper nutrition allows to keep producing at a higher level. It was obvious to me the other day when I was in a hurry and stopped to get some fast food….by 2pm I was feeling sluggish and in no mood to get anything done! Great reminder šŸ™‚

  2. Michael says:

    I’ve started breaking up my meals and I can tell a difference. This is good stuff. It’s a bit like breaking up your daily activities. Thanks for sharing this.

  3. Barbara says:

    I follow a similar eating regime though my food choices are a little different. After years of unhealthy eating, becoming disciplined enough to follow a new way of eating was not easy. During those first few weeks when the weight loss was noticeable I enjoyed the challenge. Then I hit the wall where my weight loss stagnated and I developed cravings for my old way of eating. Fortunately through journaling my issues and visualising myself slipping comfortably into my beautiful Italian jeans that were too small for me, I managed to come out the other side. Now I feel great, my jeans fit perfectly and Iā€™d much rather munch on a carrot than a chocolate bar.

    Healthy eating needs to be accompanied by regular exercise though in order to maximise energy levels. This was a tough one for me as I find gyms quite boring. Instead I started walking. Now I do this daily whatever the weather and I find it an excellent way to visualise and work on my goals at the same time.

  4. Jo says:

    Love this Rach and thanks for sharing.

    I have recently introduced a similar eating regime into my life and after 4 weeks can not only see an increase in my energy levels but also in my concentration levels and decision making abilities.
    As you say adjusting to having 6 “meals” a day and drinking more water takes a bit of getting used to but of course the snack can be something as simple as a stick of celery or raw carrot. I keep some ready to go in the fridge and find that it is just a matter of being organised.

    The motivation behind this shake up to my eating & drinking habits came from not only wanting to feel healthier but because I am loving my Polaris Global business so much I wanted to be able to work it more efficiently and take it to the next level. I knew this would require more than just excitement to keep my energy levels up.

    Last years speaker at our one day event “Foundation Live” Deanne Latson did exactly that…she laid the foundation and sewed the seeds through educating us on the importance of nutrition in our lives. I am truly grateful to both you and Shane for bringing this valuable and life changing information into my life.

    Now I have more energy for my business, for my family , for exercise……and to absolutely enjoy life.

  5. Helen S says:

    mmmm i really like the sound of that, it will be a great experiment to see if i can fit in 6 meals throughout the day, this definitely sounds like a great plan, thanks for sharing great ideas which assist me to BE a better ME, as always is with Polaris Global, cheers

  6. Chrissy says:

    This is a great article that demonstrates we are what we eat.
    We have to fill our engines with good quality fuel to produce the results we are looking for.

  7. Belinda says:

    Hey Rach, thanks so much for sharing this. I’m, definitely going to take it on board. At the moment I’m definitely not eating 6 times a day but as you said with planning and organising it is possible. I’ll let you know how I go. xx

  8. Lisa says:

    YAY! love this.

    I have been eating this way for as long as I remember.
    Sometimes I got made fun of, where people would say : you eat like a bird or, you’re hungry AGAIN?
    It is so much more healthy… and it’s the reason I have such a high metabolism.
    I have trained my body to be most efficient with the fuel I provide it.
    as the ole saying goes – Garbage in, garbage out.
    We get one time around in this lifetime, so let’s make the most of it.. (no time for garbage..;)
    being as powerful as we can be – mind, body and spirit.
    Grateful that you and Polaris Global are such a stand for this, Rach!

  9. Jessica J says:

    Thats so so AWESOME. Maybe you should publish a “Polaris Get Up & Go – You Can Do It” Meal Planner book or start up a “30 Day Challenge” board. You have just made me go and eat a bananna! šŸ™‚

  10. Rachel Krider says:

    classic! Good on ya Jess!

  11. Ilke says:

    Love your meal plan, especially cottage cheese, fried bananas and maple syrup – YUM, I’ll have to try that one! It was good to read this as one of my new goals is to meal plan for the week so I am more organized and have more time to spend with kids and hubby – oh my gosh – did it make a difference !!! I love doing my weekly meal plan as the feeling I get at the end of the week is pure satisfaction and a sense of major achievement and I am all smiles at dinner time ! šŸ™‚

  12. Marley M says:

    Great post. Yeah many of us find it hard to organize our eating schedule, with a busy day. In the past i have prepared all my meals first thing in the morning., due to working long hour shifts and working out as well. I had six containers, each with a meal each. Now i prefer to cook all my meals fresh, and bfe part of my diet as well which we start over as many times as we like.